I’ve recently started watching reruns of the A&E show Driving Force, about Funny Car driver John Force and his daughters, so this piece of news struck a chord for me.
Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta, age 46, was killed this weekend when his car went out of control and crashed at the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals.
He leaves behind his wife and two sons.
I have to admit that this kind of racing is something I just don’t understand. Why would anyone want to participate in a sport that’s so dangerous? I guess I’m just not an adrenaline junkie, but I know these kinds of tragedies happen with some regularity in this particular sport. Why would a man with children want to be a part of this? I’m in no way blaming him or saying he deserved this, it’s just a mindset I really don’t understand.
The video of the crash is here. They aired it on ESPN2. You can tell that the announcer thinks it’s kind of bullshit that the network’s airing it. I kind of do too.
June 23, 2008 at 1:32 am by Evil Beet
This is the graphic the New York Times used to illustrate their piece about Lance Armstrong on Sunday.
I, for one, am just glad Ashley Olsen made the cut. I’m so disappointed that one didn’t work out.
June 23, 2008 at 1:14 am by Evil Beet
Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson leave Nicole Richie’s house this weekend.
I’m sure they were visiting little Harlow, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and weed.
June 23, 2008 at 1:10 am by Evil Beet
George Carlin, the provocative comedian who broke all sorts of barriers, has died of heart failure at the age of 71.
Mr. Carlin, thank you for your years of fighting the good fight.
June 23, 2008 at 1:03 am by Evil Beet
I guess the Graziano family was so pissed off about Hulk Hogan’s remarks about their son’s condition being “God’s will” that they released this video of a typical day in John’s life.
The video is after the jump and it’s very disturbing. He literally has a huge hole in the top of his head. If this video had been released by someone other than the family, I probably wouldn’t have run it. But if they wanted the public to see this, then fine, I think the public should see it.
I’m personally not about to comment on what is or is not God’s will, but I think I’d be completely enraged if my son looked like this, and the father of the kid who made him this way implied that it was in any way acceptable. This is so tragic.
June 22, 2008 at 9:43 pm by Evil Beet
While my dad and I were driving up the west coast this weekend, the radio DJs on Sirius kept talking about how word on the street is that Amy Winehouse might have tuberculosis. I nearly spit out my Red Bull. “Amy Winehouse does not have tuberculosis,” I told my dad. “Amy Winehouse has crack in her lungs.”
And Amy’s own father agrees.
“With smoking the crack cocaine and the cigarettes her lungs are all gunked up,” Mitch Winehouse tells the Sunday Mirror in the U.K. “There are nodules around the chest and dark marks. She’s got 70 percent lung capacity.”
“She’s got emphysema,” he says. “It’s in its early stages, but had it gone on for another month they painted a very vivid picture of her sitting there like an old person with a mask on her face struggling to breathe.”
He also had this to say about Amy’s recent hospital visit: “Several doctors came in and checked to make sure she didn’t need any emergency treatment. They put her on a drip straight away because she was dehydrated. She said, ‘Don’t worry about me, dad. I know I’ve got to stop taking drugs now.’”
Yeah right. Because when drug addicts say they know they need to stop taking drugs, it inevitably results in them never taking drugs again. Right.